The cookie is alive and kicking, not dead, but thankfully in Europe Google, Facebook etc. are still subject to law protecting our fundamental rights.

The cookie is alive and kicking, not dead, but thankfully in Europe Google, Facebook etc. are still subject to law protecting our fundamental rights.

A number of posts have reported on the death of the cookie, like this one in VentureBeat , but, as Mark Twain famously said, "the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated". SSO (and any log-on) uses cookies. They are usually first-party, but they are still HTTP cookies and ...

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Google, Ghostery and the limits of Ad Blocking.

Google, Ghostery and the limits of Ad Blocking.

On tracking some of the trackers some of the time. Ghostery claims to show you “the invisible web” and block activity that could track your activity, but omits to report tracking by Google. The code is not open source but it is possible to see how it basically operates, which ...

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The E-Privacy Directive and Do Not Track complement each other: both were designed to give individuals control over tracking irrespective of technology.

The E-Privacy Directive and Do Not Track complement each other: both were designed to give individuals control over tracking irrespective of technology.

The e-privacy directive was designed is to give people control over tracking, i.e. you have to be asked for permission before collecting data about your web history. Of course, the technique most often used for tracking is persistent UID cookies, but the language in Article 5 of the Directive is ...

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AddThis no longer using canvas fingerprinting on the White House or the Labour Party websites.

AddThis no longer using canvas fingerprinting on the White House or the Labour Party websites.

The AddThis script is no longer using canvas fingerprinting on any of the sites we have looked at. In July we found many sites that were using this technique, including the White House and the UK Labour Party . Click on one of the links above to see a live ...

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WP29 Welcomes DoNotTrack, But Says Consent Still Required If DNT Unset.

WP29 Welcomes DoNotTrack, But Says Consent Still Required If DNT Unset.

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP29), an independent advisory body set up in 1995 under the auspices of the EU Data Protection Directive and composed of representatives of all European Data Protection supervisory authorities, has sent a public comment to the W3C about the Tracking Preference Expression (TPE), ...

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Is the Dutch DPA investigation of YD the beginning of the end for "AdChoices”?

Is the Dutch DPA investigation of YD the beginning of the end for "AdChoices”?

Imagine - you walk into a shoe shop and while you are looking at some trainers someone sneaks up and sticks a notice on your back. Later you are in a café, and you see someone at the next table stare intently at your back and write something in a ...

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E-Privacy, Data Protection Law, and the Do Not Track signal.

E-Privacy, Data Protection Law, and the Do Not Track signal.

The body responsible for Do Not Track (DNT), the W3C’s Tracking Protection Working Group will shortly be releasing the technical part of the standard in a process named Last Call (LC) when implementers and others can review it and make comments. Unlike other W3C standards at this stage the core ...

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Ghostery + GhostRank (Evidon) – an Analysis by CookieQ.

Ghostery + GhostRank (Evidon) – an Analysis by CookieQ.

Baycloud Systems sets the record straight. For some time Evidon, formerly known as Better Advertising, – acquirer of the Ghostery ad blocking browser extension, have been publishing misleading information about Baycloud Systems and our CookieQ product. As they have not even bothered to reply to communications requesting them to stop ...

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Do Not Track set on over 12% of requests to sample sites in Europe.

Do Not Track set on over 12% of requests to sample sites in Europe.

Internet Explorer 10 now accounts for over 70% of all requests with DNT set. The percentage of web requests with the DNT header set in our sample of European websites is approaching 13% The percentage of DNT requests coming from Chrome users remains at a much reduced level since version ...

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Internet Explorer now responsible for a significant proportion of Do Not Track signals

Internet Explorer now responsible for a significant proportion of Do Not Track signals

Internet Explorer 10 compensates for declining Chrome DNT usage The number of web requests to European websites from users of Internet Explorer is approaching 4% of the total. The percentage of DNT requests coming from Chrome users has plummeted, probably since the latest version started rolling out towards the end ...

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